Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Connections Considering Several Options for Amy’s Challenge

Novogratz Racing Stables Inc.’s Amy’s Challenge is under consideration for the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) April 7 at Keeneland and the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 13 at Oaklawn, trainer Mac Robertson said Thursday morning; David Cabrera, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider this year, said Thursday morning that he will ride at Prairie Meadows after the meet ends April 14.
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OAKLAWN RACING CLUB TO LAUNCH MARCH 24

Oaklawn is giving race fans the chance to experience Thoroughbred ownership in a low-risk, low-cost fashion with the Oaklawn Racing Club. The Racing Club will offer up to 200 shares at $500 each in a horse that will be purchased privately and trained by multiple stakes-winning Oaklawn trainer and native Arkansan Ron Moquett. Moquett, who is well known for selecting top horses such as Whitmore and Petrov for moderate prices, will identify and purchase an unraced 2-year-old with the goal of starting several times as a juvenile before launching its 3-year-old season at Oaklawn next year. The 2019 season runs Jan. 11 – April 13.
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Barn Notes: Oaklawn Sets Handle Record Rebel Day

Total pari-mutuel handle on Saturday’s 10-race Rebel Day card at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, eclipsing marks set from last year’s corresponding program, despite one fewer race; Not only may Martini Glass return to Oaklawn for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 13, trainer Keith Nations said he could have a small string in Hot Springs for the first time in 2019.
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Barn Notes: Magnum Moon Exits Rebel Well; Eyes Arkansas Derby

The “most likely and most logical spot” for Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon is the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Todd Pletcher said following the unbeaten colt’s impressive victory in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2).
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PLETCHER SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT REBEL WITH MAGNUM MOON

Saturday, March 17, 2018) – Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum secured 50 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility and provided trainer Todd Pletcher with his second straight victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) with his authoritative win before a record crowd of 37,500. Pletcher won the race last year with Malagacy.
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STREAMLINE GOES FOR SECOND AZERI VICTORY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 16, 2018) – A well-matched field of eight, including defending champion Streamline, is entered in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Zayat Stables Hoping to Follow a Familiar Path in Rebel Stakes

Justin Zayat said job requirements will keep him from attending the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn. He’ll be watching, though. That’s because Zayat’s family co-owns 3-2 program favorite Solomini, who will be making his 2018 debut in the 1 1/16-mile major Kentucky Derby prep race. “It’s killing me, but hopefully I can make it for a race like the Arkansas Derby, if possible,” said Zayat, the family’s racing and stable manager.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Ready for Competitive Rebel

Before Sporting Chance made his 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19, the colt’s trainer, Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, asked an observer to handicap the 1 1/16-mile race, the second of Oaklawn’s four major preps for the Kentucky Derby.
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Barn Notes: Zing Zang Works Toward Rebel

Jackpot Ranch’s Zing Zang completed major preparations for Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds by working a half-mile in :50.80 over a fast track Monday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen; Whitmore ran the fastest 6 furlongs ever at Oaklawn in January during the 2017 meeting and his comeback victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters produced one of Oaklawn’s fastest 6-furlong times in March.
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